Ejecting A Stubborn CD

Macs used to have this great device for ejecting CDs that were stuck in the drive. It was a tiny hole that you stuck a paper clip in and it would manually eject the CD.

Apparently that was just too simple a solution. There are still a few tricks you can use to get that stubborn CD to eject.

  1. Boot your computer while holding the mouse button.
  2. Restart into Open Firmware by holding command-option-O-F and enter eject-cd.
  3. Open the Terminal and enter drutil tray eject.
  4. If #3 doesn’t work, you probably have more than one removable device connected. Enter drutil list to see a list of the connected removable devices. Find your CD in the list. Assuming that your CD is #5, enter drutil tray eject 5.
  5. If the above options fail, you’ll have to take an unfolded paper clip to that little round hole on your CD drive. Insert the paper clip, and press gently until the CD ejects. If you can’t find your drive’s eject hole, you may want to look through Apple’s Knowledge Base.

Via MacMerc

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